6 November 2018

Botswana: Salaries Review Recommendations Reports Expected Next Month

press release

The Malaysian company tasked with reviewing the current public service remuneration system is expected to conclude its work before the end of December this year.

Delivering the 2018 State of the Nation Address on November 5, President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi said once the PEMANDU Associates SDN.BHD report had been finalised, government would engage public sector unions on the recommendations thereto.

President Masisi informed the nation he had appointed a commission to review the conditions of service for the MPs, councillors, Ntlo ya Dikgosi and the judiciary.

He said the commission was also expected to submit its recommendations in December this year. It was government's wish of for any recommendations agreed upon to be budgeted for and effected on April 1 2019, he said.

President Masisi also said government was commitment to the resuscitation of the Public Service Bargaining Council to advance the interests of public sector employees in a fair and transparent manner.

He said the PSBC was the most critical element in fostering good employee relations.

It was therefore imperative that government and unions ensure the resuscitation of the important platform for more effective and constructive engagement, he said.

He said government started the process of engaging all public service unions in August and subsequently a technical committee comprising union and government representatives was established to operationalise the council. The committee, he said, had been engaged in the process of crafting the constitution until recently when the process stalled as a result of demands by some unions that one union be excluded from the process.

"Although the matter is now before a court of law, government remains resolute to negotiate with the public service unions, as partners, in order to improve the terms and conditions of service for public employees. I wish to also urge our union partners that in the spirit of give and take, it is desirable as per our tradition that we should strive to amicably resolve whatever differences that may arise during our engagements and only use the courts of law as a last resort," he said. BOPA

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